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Varying views of life among people with long-term mental illness
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
Ersta Sköndal University College, Department of Health Care Sciences.
2009 (English)In: Journal of Psychiatric and Mental Health Nursing, ISSN 1351-0126, E-ISSN 1365-2850, Vol. 16, no 1, 54-60 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to explore views of life among people with long-term mental illnesses. The participants' possible cognitive inability to express such views dictated a research design that was both fit for purpose and respectful of their integrity. The study, based on an ethnographic framework, involved photographs and interviews with five women and three men. The participants were the photographers, as well as the authors of their own narratives, and the photographs served as a starting point for the interviews. The interview material was analysed in terms of the phases of interpretation. Four main themes were identified: ‘thoughts about God and the meaning of life and death’, ‘the meaning of relationships with others’, ‘how animals give meaning to life without demands’ and ‘the symbolic bearing of objects on life’. These four themes represent key existential issues among people with long-term mental illnesses, but they lack confidants to share or discuss these matters with.

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2009. Vol. 16, no 1, 54-60 p.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:esh:diva-93DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2850.2008.01329.xOAI: oai:DiVA.org:esh-93DiVA: diva2:318737
Available from: 2010-05-10 Created: 2010-05-10 Last updated: 2011-04-04Bibliographically approved

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